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S California hit by 7.1-magnitude quake, strongest in two decades

AFP Los Angeles Southern California was hit by its largest earthquake in two decades Friday, a 7.1-magnitude tremor that rattled residents who were already reeling from another strong quake a day earlier. Emergency workers and security forces were being dispatched early Saturday to the epicenter of the shallow earthquake in a remote and sparsely populated area around 150 miles (240 …

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Senior Indian-origin female officer sues Scotland Yard over racism

PTI London One of Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin female police officers is taking legal action against Scotland Yard over allegations of racial and gender discrimination within the UK’s largest police force. Parm Sandhu, currently serving as Temporary Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police, claims she was denied promotions and opportunities at work due to her race and gender. The first hearing …

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to christen baby Archie

IANS London Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle on Saturday are expected to hold the baptism ceremony of their son, Archie, in Windsor Castle, on the outskirts of London, in what is to be a private ceremony attended by family and close friends, although details were yet to be made public. So little information has been let out by …

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Trump seeking legal rationale to include citizenship in census

IANS Washington US President Donald Trump has indicated that he might seek an executive order to place a citizenship question on the census, one of several options his administration was considering in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that stymied its push to do so. Meanwhile, a federal judge rejected the administration’s request to freeze a lawsuit alleging the …

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Sirisena’s execution order against drug convicts stayed: Lanka HC

PTI  Colombo Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Friday stayed until October 30 the execution order passed by President Maithripala Sirisena against four drug convicts, ending a four-decade-long moratorium on the capital punishment in the country. Sirisena last month signed the death warrants to hang four drug convicts. The apex court’s order came on a fundamental rights petition filed by one …

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‘Rushing for the exits’: Rival Afghans meet in Doha

AFP Doha Rival Afghans will meet Sunday in Doha for a fresh round of talks  mediated by Qatar and Germany, as the US eyes peace with the Taliban within three months.  The first such encounter in Moscow was heralded as a breakthrough but many sensitive issues including women’s rights, foreign military withdrawal, Al-Qaeda and power sharing with the Taliban remain …

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Southern California rocked by strongest quake in two decades

AFP Los Angeles Southern California was rocked by its largest earthquake in two decades on Thursday, a 6.4-magnitude tremblor that caused “substantial damage” at a military facility but otherwise only minor injuries in the sparsely populated area. The shallow quake, followed by dozens of aftershocks, struck in the Mojave Desert six miles (10 kilometers) from the small city of Ridgecrest …

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Jeremy Hunt warns China against ‘repression’ of HK protests

IANS London British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday again warned China against “repressing” violent protesters in Hong Kong and asked it to listen to the “root causes” of demonstrators’’ concerns. “The way to deal with that violence is not by repression, it is by understanding the root causes of the concerns of the demonstrators that freedoms that they have …

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Imran Khan to hold maiden meeting with Donald Trump on July 22

PTI Islamabad Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet Donald Trump for the first time on July 22 and their focus will be on refreshing bilateral relations, which was hit after the US President publicly criticised Pakistan, cancelled military aid and asked it to do more to fight terrorism. Khan will make his maiden trip to the United States on the …

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Oil tanker bound for Syria seized in Gibraltar

IANS       London A supertanker suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria has been seized by Gibraltar for acting in violation of EU sanctions, the territory’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said on Thursday. British Royal Marines, along with Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies, seized the oil tanker — Grace 1 — which was carrying crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery …

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